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Weapons & Hunting survival-shotgun

Published on September 14th, 2013 | by Prepping Ideas

How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun

Those crazy guys over at ArtOfManliness.com have got this interesting article called “Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun” where they modify a fairy stock Mossberg 500 pump action shotgun into what they care calling the “Ultimate Survival Shotgun”.

Even if you disagree with some of their approaches, I’m sure you will be as impressed as I was when I saw this.

Anyone here done anything similar?

“For this project, I decided to build a survival kit using a shotgun platform–creating the Ultimate Survival Shotgun.  My challenge was that everything had to be included in or on the gun itself–no extra pack items or containers.  Below is what I did as well as the survival logic behind each decision.

Ultimately your survival needs fall into five main categories.  Your situation dictates the order.  They are:

  • Water
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Signalling
  • Food

Every survival kit must include contents that directly or indirectly meet these five basic survival needs.  The shotgun platform I decided to use is the Mossberg 500 – PUMP.  I chose a pump action because it is easier for me to troubleshoot and work on in the field compared to other models.  I chose the Mossberg brand because it is a very popular gun, and there are literally hundreds of aftermarket modification pieces and parts designed to fit this gun.  I knew I would want to add on some of these extras to increase the gun’s survival value. Below is a photo of the shotgun “off the shelf”–before my survival modifications…”

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